Monkeys, classified in the order Primates, are small, smart, lively mammals that live in the tropical regions of Central and South America, Africa and Asia. Because of their fanciful antics, they are always a crowd favorite, whether in the wild or in a zoo. Most of the 200 species live in forests and trees, although some do inhabit savannahs (tropical grasslands).
Is there a difference between monkeys and apes? Yes, and this one page article explains how monkeys and apes are related, and how they differ. It's a good introduction to the scientific classification of orders, suborders, and species. "The 235 modern primate species are divided up into two suborders - the prosimians and the anthropoids." There are some interesting links at the bottom of the page, and a printable version with less advertising.
"One of most recognizable animals in the world, a monkey is a long-tailed, medium-sized member of the order of Primates. The primate order also includes macaques, baboons, guenons, capuchins, marmosets, and tamarins. " Science publisher Imaginova brings together twenty-three feature articles about monkeys. Visit to learn why monkeys groom the boss, or how grey-cheeked mangabeys in Uganda use their knowledge of the weather to choose the best days for fruit foraging.
National Geographic hosts a terrific collection of seventeen short videos about monkeys and lemurs. This one shows how troops of spider monkeys employ a lookout to keep an eye out for approaching danger while the others play and eat in the branches above. The rest of the monkey videos are listed below the video player, but some will auto-play in a loop if you continue to watch past the commercial at the end of this video.
Reubin and Jolla, a pair of black howler monkeys from the Tulsa Zoo and Lowry Park Zoological Garden in Florida, arrived at the National Zoo in 2003. With their distinct howls and playful ways, they have been a hit with visitors ever since. Click around this virtual exhibit from the zoo's Small Mammal House to learn more about howler monkeys and other primates. "Howler monkeys have a curious reaction to heavy rain. As a rainstorm approaches or begins, they often start an excited chorus of howls."
Sometimes random facts (or trivia) are just more fun to read than, let's say, an encyclopedia article. You might even say these forty random monkey facts are more fun than a barrel of monkeys. But since I've never had one, I couldn't say for certain. "Fact 16: Monkeys peel their bananas and do not eat the skins." "Fact 21: Old World monkeys have 32 teeth. New World monkeys have 36."